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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Liverpool

Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home        18   8   5   5   24 -23  29
Away        18   1   5  12   15 -38   8
Total(Prem) 36   9  10  17   39 -61  37
Football Lge
Home(Div 1) 49  24  10  15   71 -58  62
Away(Div 1) 49   4  14  31   38 -95  24
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
Total(Prem) 36   9  10  17   39 -61  37
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
Grand Total 134 37  34  63  148 -214 123

Last Six Premiership results:-

Spurs      1-1   Everton
Man Utd    2-0   Spurs
Bolton     4-2   Spurs
Spurs      1-1   S'derland
Spurs      4-2   Blackburn
Arsenal    2-3   Spurs


Liverpool  2-1   Blackburn
Bolton     0-1   Liverpool
Liverpool  2-0   Chelsea
Wigan      1-1   Liverpool
Stoke      2-0   Liverpool
Liverpool  3-0   West Ham

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A  GD  Pts
6 Spurs     14  6  4  4  21-19  2  22
9 Liverpool 14  5  4  5  16-17 -1  19
Show your superiority, Spurs!

For the second season running, Spurs welcome Liverpool to White Hart Lane in an unfamiliar position of superiority over a team that has historically been above us in the league and one of the "Top Four Cartel". That is the same top four that we had failed to beat away until last week's game at The Emirates. It is still a long time since we won at Anfield in the league (August 1993), but at home we have a healthy record, and have won our last two home Premier League games, plus one in the Carling Cup two years ago.

We are enduring an early cold snap here in Britain, and last season's away game at Anfield had been re-arranged after a postponement through similar weather. The result of that game (2-0 to Liverpool) should serve as a warning sign to Harry's men, as the "Scousers" were fielding a side weakened by the absence of key players such as Gerrard, Torres and Benayoun. Gerrard is still out with his hamstring sustained whilst playing for England recently, and of course Benayoun has moved to Chelsea. Liverpool did have Mascherano, but he's another player being missed having moved on in the summer to Barcelona. The warning to Spurs is that Liverpool will still offer stiff opposition, despite Gerrard's absence, and we have to bear in mind their recent improvement in form, which has given them 4 wins in their last 6 league games, including that 2-0 over Chelsea. Oh, and Torres has found his scoring boots too!

New Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson had a high pressure and difficult start to his time at Anfield, as they ventured into the unfamilar territory of the bottom three and had their worst league start for many years. They come to us three points behind. One advantage for Liverpool is that they have had a clear week, because this week was one of those anomalous occasions when the Europa Cup dates do not co-incide with Champions League weeks. In fact this occurs for the last two fixtures. Liverpool are quite comfortable at the top of their group, but have a difficult trip to Romania and Steaua Bucharest next Thursday.

Last year Spurs met Liverpool in front of the Sky cameras on the opening week-end of the season. For only the sixth time in the Premier League we won our first game. We deservedly beat Liverpool, and it was a memorable day for Benoit Assou-Ekotto who scored his first club goal, and for Sebastien Bassong, who scored on his debut. Bassong has been unlucky this season, having to sit out most of our games, but has done a good job whenever he has come in. There is little chance he will displace Gallas and Kaboul, who are going so well at present in their new-found partnership. That win last year was the first of four consecutive leagaue wins, and our best ever start to a Premier League season, setting us on our path to Champions League football.

The corresponding game in the previous season came early in Harry Redknapp's Spurs managerial career, and was the one where he famously was quoted as having told Roman Pavlyuchenko to "Just f***ing run about a bit!". It worked because Pav scored the last minute winner. One of Spurs' highest scorers in this fixture, Jamie Carragher, scored one of his own goals to set us on our way! That game was also on (Setanta) TV, so maybe it's a good omen that we are again on TV this week. Mind you, Spurs are on the telly most games these days!

Apart from Gerrard, Liverpool may be missing Joe Cole, who has had a hamstring problem. They will definitely miss defender Daniel Agger, who has a calf injury, sustained when playing for Denmark 6 weeks ago. For Spurs Van der Vaart is described as 50/50 for this game, whilst Jermaine Jenas is doubtful with his calf strain sustained on Wednesday night. Michael Dawson is back in training, but it is too early surely for a return for him. Van der Vaart's situation will probably dictate the Spurs formation, but I'd expect Peter Crouch to start against his former team (and to score!), with Jermain Defoe getting on at some point.

The Bale versus Glen Johnson battle will be one of the most interesting. Johnson is a good attacking player, but I think he'll need help defensively to handle our Gareth. There is plenty to look forward to in this game, and I expect Spurs to pull off a third consecutive home league win for the first time in 10 years. I'll take them to do it by 2-1 for the third time too!

The referee on Sunday is Martin Atkinson, who at least is one not to attract controversy in Spurs games. Over the last year he has officiated at our games against Hull at home in January (0-0), our 3-1 quarter-final FA Cup win over Fulham, and unfortunately a 1-0 defeat at Upton Park in September. Spurs Odyssey readers graded Mr. Atkinson at 7.3 / 10 for the Fulham game, and 6 out of 10 for the West Ham game, which is not bad for a defeat.

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